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Bridging research and policy : introduction and key themes

March 2004

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A list of useful documents and key themes around the area of bridging research and policy are identified. Key themes include: the policy cycle - identifying 'spaces' for research to inform policy; policy making - comprehensive or chaotic? how and why research is used by policy makers; improving the take up of research knowledge - the role of knowledge brokers and enhancing the use of research knowledge. A select bibliography in the final section contains useful references

New DFID research strategy : communications theme. Final report

DODSWORTH, Elizabeth
et al
December 2003

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Reviews the background and recommendations for the communication component of DFIDs new research strategy. Concludes that policy processes are complex and that research-based evidence is only one of the many competing influences on policy makers, development practitioners and end users. Outlines a number of gaps in flows of research information and how these may be addressed. Acknowledges the vital role of communication while also noting the importance of context and enabling environments in which the repackaging and circulation of information takes place and that intermediaries and networks are a vital part of this process. The political context and the complex relationships between people are key. Highlights a number of initiatives of European donors to strengthen southern research capacity and initiatives to facilitate knowledge and research sharing by a range of intermediary communication organisations

Bridging research and policy : an international workshop

STONE, Diane
MAXWELL, Simon
KEATING, Michael
July 2001

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This report from a workshop discusses what is meant by policy and the policy process, and the move from the traditional linear approach to presenting alternative models. It sets out a framework for thinking about the interaction between research and policy and deals with the challenges that are facing researchers and policy makers. The conclusion suggests that the impact of research is uncertain and contingent on social and political context

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